Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway are on the second day of their official visit to Indonesia. No hats have been seen so far but Mette-Marit showed up for dinner tonight in Jakarta sporting some beautiful orchids. Since we seldom see any headgear on this princess, I thought it was worth noting! I love this homage paid to her tropical hosts.
Photo from Purseforum.com
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip welcomed the Amir of Kuwait today for a three day state visit to England. The Queen wore a dove grey straw beret with dramatic side feather for the event. It’s not her usual hat shape but I thought it was a nice change. I’m just not sure about that feather…
The Duchess of Gloucester attended the Festival of St. Cecelia at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London today (Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians and church music). Brigitte looked beautiful in a sky blue straw beret with stylized bow on top. The colour and shape were so very flattering on her; I think this is one of the best hats she has ever worn.
Photo from St. Paul’s Cathedral
Today is Monaco’s National Holiday. As part of the official celebration, the Monegasque Royal Family attended a mass in the Cathedral of Monaco. As an official event, all the royal ladies (except for Stephanie, who seems allergic to headgear) wore a hat.
Let’s start with the good, shall we? Princess Caroline of Hanover & Monaco was dressed in a new Chanel suit (as usual!) but repeated this bold fuchsia and black netted cocktail hat. The hat was last seen a decade ago (at the Monaco National Holiday celebrations in 2002) but does not look it’s age. I thought it was great.
Charlotte Casiraghi was glamorously chic in an understated black hat. While some may have looked too informal in such a hat, she looked amazing.
And now for the less than good- Princess Charlene topped a gorgeous navy coat dress with a black bumper hat trimmed in a swath of blue net veil. The flat-as-a-pancake shape feels costumey to me, like a prop used long ago by a comedian after he sat on it.
Photos from Getty as indicated
Prince Albert of Monaco awarded Princess Charlene the Grand-Croix de l’Ordre de Saint-Charles today. To receive this honor, Charlene wore a demure cream dress and hat. While the hat is a little too much of a beanie cap for me, I do think Charlene wore it well and it was suitable for the occasion.
Photo from the Royal Palace of Monaco
Belgium celebrated King’s Day today and members of the royal family attended the traditional Te Deum sung at Cathedrale des Saints-Michel-et-Gudule in Brussels. Queen Paola was not in attendance and Princess Claire did not wear a hat. Princess Astrid and Princess Mathilde, however, were in hats for the celebration service.
I’m having a hard time finding something nice to say about Astrid’s floppy hat- I don’t like the shape, the size or how it looks on her. I think it’s a frumpy mess.
On paper, I should dislike Mathilde’s velvet headband- it’s barely a half hat in a burgundy velvet fabric that mildly clashes with her red tweed wool dress and coat. In reality, however, I really like the way this Fabienne Delvigne design frames her face and adds softness, something a velvet hat usually does not do. The burgundy accessories work beautifully against Mathilde’s coat (thanks to the collar and dress in the same colour).
Photos from PurePeople, Dutch Photo Press and Zimbio
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were welcomed at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand today. Their tour is almost over and Camilla chose her last hat appearance to unveil (gasp) a NEW hat! It’s another Philip Treacy (surprise surprise) with a LOT going on- snakeskin, pheasant feathers, and a huge upswept brim. I like to keep my avian and reptilian fashion separate so I’ll take a pass on this one.
Photos from Getty as indicated